(What Democrats refer to as "wealth redistribution" is actually just wealth distribution. "Redistribution" is a subliminal suggestion that the people who have wealth took it from those who don't and that it should be returned. But those who don't have wealth never did have the wealth in question, because it didn't exist until those who do have it made it – out of thin air and sweat.)
The President will undoubtedly invoke the argument this evening that some people aren't doing their "fair" share. But what is "fair?"
I submit that fairness is allowing people to keep whatever they made themselves. What would not be fair would be to take from them what they made and give it to someone else. But that is precisely what Obama will be proposing as "fairness."
He will also, as Democraats invariably do, contend that raising taxes will not only help the "middle class," but will reduce the deficit.
First of all, the middle class in America is a myth. It doesn't exist because there is no upper class or lower class to bracket it. For one hundred years, from Appomattox Court House in 1865 to the Johnson White House in 1965, the United States was a classless society. Then Lyndon Johnson instituted a two class society – the working class and the welfare class. And that two class society is what still prevails in America today. (And the Washington kept women who live off our taxes are in the latter class.)
And so far as reducing the deficit, raising taxes will, as it always has and as Democrats seem incapable of understanding, reduce revenue. It always has and it always will. At the same time, The declining revenue from Obama's tax hike would be squandered to expand an already over-bloated bureaucracy to oversee his new giveaway programs. If you can't see that that will increase and not reduce the deficit, I don't think I can help you.
The truth is that the plan Obama will be presenting tonight is nothing more than the same Socialism that failed in Plymouth Massachusetts in 1620, in New Harmony Indiana in 1825, in Detroit Michigan in our lifetime, and in every other place and time it has ever been tried. It can't possibly work, Mr. President, because income equality is an unachievable choom pipe dream.
And even if it were achievable, it would not be desirable!
Though all men are indeed created equal, they don't all make use of that creation equally. Some men choose to use what they've been given to create something new. Others may choose to laze through life with no incentive other than to find someone foolish enough to support them. But those who create – whether it's a symphony or a painting or novel or monetary wealth – have a universally recognized right to their creation. To take it away from them and give it to the non-creators not only discourages creation, but – more critically – it encourages non-creation.
Income disparity exists for a reason. And that reason is not to justify the rapine of those who create wealth. Income disparity exists as an incentive to incite people to do better.
And the President is asking us to help him destroy that incentive.